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Taxidrivers complain of passenger poaching

Luke Rawalai
Monday, May 26, 2014

TAXIDRIVERS in Labasa continue to raise concerns regarding illegal operations, claiming they rob them of their profits.

Fiji Taxi Association president Mohammed Hafiz said in his second term as president, he would work to raise the issue with police and the Land Transport Authority.

Mr Hafiz said, however, the issue had not been viewed seriously and they would continue to voice their concerns.

He added they still needed to follow-up on the issue with authorities so serious actions could be taken to stop illegal operations. "The authorities need to put up a strategical plan to counter this problem," he said.

"This is an issue that needs to be considered seriously because illegal operations are another form of theft.

"There are legal operators who pay their licenses and permits and on the other hand are those that make free money illegally."

Mr Hafiz said most taxidrivers were sole bread winners in their families and could not afford to be cheated of their earnings.

"There is a high percentage of illegal operations around the country and it is also a common occurrence in small towns like Labasa.

"We will soon have a board meeting to discuss the issue so that it could be presented to authorities.

"My priority as president is to ensure that all associations around the country are fully active this year."

The Labasa taxi AGM yesterday saw the re-election of former office holders for another term.

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